“Our form of relaxing is taking on new projects for the house. It's not work for us — it's a true labor of love.”

At American Eagle Builders, we believe that home is where the heart is. That's why we've made it our mission to turn lackluster, decaying houses into beautiful, welcoming homes.

Homeowners all over the country are looking for ways to breath new life into their cozy yet outdated dwellings -- replacing drafty windows, installing new siding, remodeling the kitchen, deep cleaning carpets, and more. And for their home improvement inspiration, they each visit American Eagle Builders.

Replacement Windows for Transparent Savings

replacing windowsA single, small window can cost a few hundred dollars. A large window might cost closer to a thousand dollars. Replacement windows for an entire house or business will require an investment in the thousands, but here’s the catch: you will save the money in the long run because your home will become more energy efficient.

How Replacement Windows Save You Money

The first savings you will enjoy come from lower energy costs. You can always turn down the level of heat or air conditioning in your home to save on energy, but if your old windows are letting in drafts, it unfortunately won’t mean very much.

Over time, the framing around your windows has probably shifted, expanded, and contracted. That draft you notice on particularly windy days will disappear if a competent window company handles the work, leveling, and re-framing as necessary.

Heat loss or drafts of cool air coming in through inefficient glass panes and cracks along the sides of old window will be vastly reduced when you remove your 30-year old windows and replace them with windows designed to meet more modern, energy-efficient standards. No honest window company can promise 100% energy efficiency, but they definitely don’t make windows as poorly as they used to.

Reducing drafts will also help keep out moisture and prevent condensation — meaning you won’t have to spend as much time and money trying to tackle potentially dangerous mildew and mold growth in your home. Your home will be drier so you won’t have to run a dehumidifier, and your family may even notice an improvement in asthma-related issues.

By reducing the amount of air that enters into your home or leaks outside, you’ll notice that your monthly energy bills will be considerably lower. And within a few years, it’s possible to even make back your replacement windows investment. As your local government may offer tax rebates on energy efficient home improvements, keep your receipt.

Investing in Your Windows

When you hire a Dayton replacement windows company to install new windows, frames, or doors in your home, that money goes right back into your home equity. If you ever decide to sell your home, it will be worth more — even if only for having beautiful, energy-efficient windows. A house with modern, efficient windows is also quieter and more comfortable.

Gas and electricity aren’t getting any cheaper — so don’t overlook the fact that new windows offer both aesthetic and practical benefits to yourself and potential home buyers as well.

Money-Efficient Windows

Saving some money on homeowners insurance is another benefit of installing replacement windows. Insurance agencies will cut the cost of your annual insurance if windows are relatively new and comply with contemporary standards. There are several reasons for this. One is that they are less likely to let in excess moisture which could cause damage you might claim insurance coverage for. The same goes for windows blown in during a storm: sturdier windows are safer and, once more, you are less likely to make a claim. A modern window is also designed to risk break-in, which makes you even less of a risk. The very fact that you just reduced your vulnerability on so many levels inspires insurance companies to reward you for good behavior and practices.

Hiring a Qualified Team

The important thing to note is that you benefit from replacement windows if the job is done right. Don’t hire just anyone — go to a licensed, bonded, experienced company with all the skills and products to make your home a more comfortable and attractive place to live. Be sure to check their credentials before perusing prices or asking for an estimate.

Imagine this: your house will not just maintain a comfortable temperature without needlessly eating up electricity and gas; it will also look cleaner, newer, and more appealing. If you have wanted to move into a newer place before, you will now be inspired to improve other aspects of your home instead. This is not just essential to potential home buyers, as homeowners should feel good about the space they live in. Create a home or business environment where you can feel at ease — not worried about the next bill or your next round of mold cleaning.

Beautiful and Durable Fiber Cement Siding

fiber cement siding 2Since the 1950s, homeowners have been covering their home exteriors with vinyl siding. This type of material has a number of advantages. The vinyl is simple to install, and simulates wooden clapboard — thus adding an attractive and traditional finish to the building. Vinyl siding is also durable and resistant do damage by insects, and so requires minimal maintenance. The material is colored during the manufacturing process, and many attractive shades of vinyl are available, from pure white to pale and pastel colors, to deeper reds and blues. More recently, chemicals have been added to help preserve these colors, thereby saving the homeowner from the labor of annual house painting.

Vinyl siding is installed with its own fastening or locking system. This involves attaching the boards loosely to the house walls with nails or pegs that are provided by the manufacturer, before finally locking them into place. This locking system usually has a degree of flexibility built in, because the thinner grades of vinyl — known as “builder’s grade” — are prone to cracking in very cold weather. The vinyl material is also prone to fire damage and when smoldering, can emit hydrogen chloride and other toxic gases.

Fiber cement siding has been in use for over 100 years and poses an environmentally-friendly alternative to vinyl siding. Composed of a mixture of cellulose fiber, sand, and cement, this type of siding can be shingled onto homes and other buildings to give an attractive clapboard finish. Hardie Plank is an example of fiber cement siding. The Hardie Plank boards are colored and stamped with wood-grain patterning during manufacture, and have all the qualities of fiber cement boards. Even though the fiber cement material is colored, the homeowner has the option of repainting. It is resistant to all kinds of weather and will never rot, even when it gets very wet. This quality makes it suitable even for extremely humid climates. It is also resistant to pest damage and unlike vinyl, fiber cement is flame resistant. Additionally, fiber cement boards are suitable for indoor use, for example, as the underlay of bathroom floors.

fiber cement siding 3Prior to installation, the homeowner should be aware of a number of factors. Fiber cement boards are produced in widths varying between 5″ and 12″, and vary in density according to the mixture of sand, cement, and cellulose fiber. Generally, the denser and thicker the board, the better it is at insulating and soundproofing your home. This quality makes the thicker boards suitable for exterior use. Each siding board must be measured carefully and cut to size, and requires the use of a saw with a masonry blade. It’s advisable to wear eye masks while sawing, and ear protection while drilling. Once the boards are cut, it’s a good idea to paint them the preferred color before the actual installation. Care must be taken to ensure that the color runs evenly over all boards, and it’s also smart to use weatherproof paint.

The final exterior installation requires the work of a siding specialist, or at least one skilled person on the team of installers. Blue Ridge Exteriors in Richmond VA is a great example of a local business that specializes in installing fiber cement siding. The boards are heavy and liable to break if dropped, and must be held in place by at least two people. The end joints are caulked with material supplied by the manufacturer. To prevent water damage to the building, metal flashing is required behind the overlapping seams. When the building is covered with fiber cement siding, the exterior is ready for ornamentation. Homeowners can now add vertical battens, wooden windows, and door frames. These additions can be painted in contrasting colors to the walls, but many homeowners like to paint them the same color.

The initial cost of installing fiber cement siding may deter some homeowners. However, the nature of the material gives the homeowner more control over the final effect. Overall, fiber cement siding is more appealing, more durable, and safer than the use of vinyl siding.